July's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - Heroes Die by Matthew Stover

Please join us as we discuss Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover. The novel is one of the most overlooked speculative fiction novels of the last 2 decades, a blend of science fiction and fantasy. The storyline is gripping and pulls readers along an adrenaline rush filled with gritty violence, flawed and fascinating characters, elements of cyberpunk, and at its core, a deeper and surprisingly real story about rage and love and the lengths they can drive one to. Although there are sequels to this novel, the story stands alone very well. The book is of middling length, at about 545 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Amazon:

Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does.

At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. Yet he is shackled by a rigid caste society, bound to ignore the grim fact that he kills men on a far-off world for the entertainment of his own planet--and bound to keep his rage in check.

But now Michaelson has crossed the line. His estranged wife, Pallas Rill, has mysteriously disappeared in the slums of Ankhana. To save her, he must confront the greatest challenge of his life: a lethal game of cat and mouse with the most treacherous rulers of two worlds . . .

Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings . . . A marvelous conspiracy thriller of worlds within worlds, where no one is necessarily who or what they seem.”  — Simon R. Green (Nightside series)


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    Better discussion than I expected! Lots of interesting perspectives on this book. Thanx to all for such a lively and enjoyable discussion.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Good mix of folks with different opinions. Not as much action as I would of thought judging on earlier email reactions. :)

    3 · July 28, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone. We're just a couple days away from this meetup, so please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to avoid a no-show. Thanks!

    July 25, 2013

  • Vijay

    Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    July 22, 2013

  • Tyler

    http://storybundle.com I just thought I'd pass this along. If anybody heard of the humble indie bundle this works the same way. Enjoy.

    July 19, 2013

  • Karla K.

    Is there a website that helps keep the factions/races straight? I've got what Vijay likes to call "drinking from a fire hose" syndrome right now.

    July 15, 2013

    • Derek

      I wanted to summarize but I don't think I could fit it in here. :<

      July 15, 2013

    • Derek

      The main factions I think need tracking, without spoiling: the Imperials/Ankhana (ruled by Ma'elKoth), the Subjects of Cant (sort of an enormous guild or street gang, sort of a mini-kingdom within Ankhana), the Monastery (pro-human political sect), the aktirs (Actors from our earth), the psuedo-humans (ogres, ogrillos, elves - all sort of second class citizens when in human cities), the Cats (the elite army of the Imperials). I think that's about it. :-)

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Suyong

    It's funny how 1) it feels like winning the lottery to get off the wait-list, and 2) I'm ever optimistic that I'll make it to the morning one on time. Apologies in advance.

    July 15, 2013

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